Is Geingob overly scrutinised?

02 March 2020 | Columns

President Hage Geingob's visit to Omukwaniilwa of Ondonga, Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo, on Saturday sparked another wave of criticism against the head of state. Antagonists of the visit pointed to Geingob's supposed partisan focus on some traditional authorities, while ignoring the rest. They enumerated the number of visits the head of state has made particularly to the Ondonga kingdom, including when Omukwaniilwa Kauluma passed away in March last year. When peers of Kauluma die, the same courtesies are never extended to the deceased leaders' communities, detractors of the perpetual Ondonga visits pointed out. Whether right or wrong, these views cannot simply be ignored as hot wind by armchair critics. They are a reflection of people feeling neglected and that some traditional communities are elevated to hover above others in a country whose constitution considers everyone equal. Nangolo was coronated not too long ago and it is thus normal that many well-wishers would pay him a visit. In fact, founding president Sam Nujoma, former prime minister Nahas Angula and PDM leader McHenry Venaani, among others, have already paid Omukwaniilwa a visit. However, the visit by Geingob, the incumbent head of state, carries more weight than anyone else who bothered visiting Onambango palace so far. He is president for all and must be seen to treat everyone with the same zeal and zest. We feel that sometimes President Geingob gets unfairly criticised, but it is hard to defend a situation where he seems to invest his energy into one traditional authority ahead of others. The Subiya, Mafwe, Tswana, Vakwangali, Damara, OvaHerero, Nama, Mbukushu and all other Namibian traditional communities long for the day when the president pays their leaders a visit. It's not an unfair expectation under the circumstances. We thus hope Saturday's visit is the first ahead of many others to all peers of Nangolo across the country, as much as this would be a costly exercise.

If not, it would be hard to question the concerns raised following this past weekend's visit.

Similar News

 

Virus detected, disruption activated

4 days ago - 27 March 2020 | Columns

Chaze NalisaThere was a time, literally a couple of weeks ago, when someone sneezed and the reaction of those around them would be a simple,...

The building blocks of an empire

1 week ago - 24 March 2020 | Columns

Justicia Shipena Imagine a world where every day you have to worry about the threat of a second alien invasion. Military officials plug a...

Corona virus: our reality

2 weeks ago - 17 March 2020 | Columns

Octavia TsibesCovid-19, also known as the coronavirus, ladies and gentlemen. To be honest with you, when news broke out that Covid-19 has landed on Namibian...

Let’s raise debate levels

2 weeks ago - 13 March 2020 | Columns

With a new parliament set to be sworn in soon, there is a sense of something new brewing in terms of vigorous and forthright debates...

Service, please!

3 weeks ago - 10 March 2020 | Columns

Ester Kamati Many of us are at that age where we need to transition from a “mommy’s girl” or “mommy’s boy” who can always count...

Corruption - A social disease (Part 167 d): Can...

3 weeks ago - 06 March 2020 | Columns

Johan Coetzee - The reluctance of the executive to get rid of the rotten and invested wood in their ranks is an indication that the...

Corruption - A social disease (Part 167 c): Can...

3 weeks ago - 05 March 2020 | Columns

Johan Coetzee - Justice delayed is justice denied.The Teckla trio case, in which a former Public Service Commissioner and her two Chinese business associates were...

More than cosmetics

4 weeks ago - 03 March 2020 | Columns

Everywhere across the country in households, belts are being tightened. Whether that home is a five-bedroom villa in the hills of the capital, or a...

The quiet hours

4 weeks ago - 03 March 2020 | Columns

Elizabeth Joseph I love those hours when it’s just you and your thoughts. It used to be the morning hours between 04:00 and 05:00. Now...

Is Geingob overly scrutinised?

4 weeks ago - 02 March 2020 | Columns

President Hage Geingob's visit to Omukwaniilwa of Ondonga, Fillemon Shuumbwa Nangolo, on Saturday sparked another wave of criticism against the head of state. Antagonists of...

Latest News

Andreas reveals coronavirus fears

12 hours ago | Art and Entertainment

MICHAEL KAYUNDE WINDHOEKAs the worldwide coronavirus outbreak and its consequences continue to take the world by storm, celebrities have spoken about their own experiences, be...

Budget delayed 'until further notice'

13 hours ago | Economics

New finance minister Iipumbu Shiimi has announced that the tabling of the 2020/21 budget will be “delayed until further notice”.Shiimi issued a statement saying the...

Skorpion, MUN at loggerheads

22 hours ago | Business

Jo-Maré Duddy – The Mineworkers Union of Namibia (MUN) yesterday called for the urgent intervention of president Hage Geingob after Skorpion Zinc Mine and Refinery...

Coronavirus: Aochamub could be discharged...

22 hours ago | Disasters

TOIVO NDJEBELAWINDHOEKNamibian ambassador to France Albertus Aochamub says he has made a good recovery from coronavirus and may be discharged from hospital this week, having...

Budget faces downward revision

22 hours ago | Economics

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKHeavy knock expected on· VAT· Company tax· PAYE· ...

‘Conflicted’ Muinjangue removed from genocide...

22 hours ago | Cultural

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEKThe Ovaherero Traditional Authority (OTA) has recalled Ester Muinjangue as the chairperson of the Ovaherero Genocide Foundation (OGF), following her appointment as deputy health...

Booze sellers in trouble for...

22 hours ago | Business

ILENI NANDJATOPolice in the north have arrested five people who refused to close their informal busi­nesses. One of them is a teacher who owns a...

Church bell stolen

22 hours ago | Disasters

ELLANIE SMIT WINDHOEKThieves paid little attention to the teachings of the Bible when they stole a church bell valued at N$100 000 this past weekend....

Needed: Stimulus packages

22 hours ago | Opinion

Many countries hit by the coronavirus scourge have hammered out ways in which to keep their economies afloat, especially after the stay-home directive is over...

Load More